• The exhibition at Maropeng

    See how our our ancestors developed over the past few million years.

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  • Conferencing at Maropeng

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city.

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind. 

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves.

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!



On 29 July 2014, former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate FW de Klerk left his footprint at a place where the human journey began.

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I was recently privileged to get a front-row seat in the Great Hall at Wits to hear a lecture delivered by Dr Kevin Hand, a real-life NASA scientist and National… Read more

The 14th Congress of the Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies (PAA) was held at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from 14 to 18… Read more

Sixty years after the Nationalist government of South Africa withdrew its support to African-related archaeology in 1948, the Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies (PAA) have finally… Read more

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